BioFabbing Convergence

BioFabbing brings together a Conference on Critical Studies of DIYbio and Biohacking and an Unconference of Global DIYbio and BioArt Networks to form a meeting point for scholars and practitioners of DIYbio and Biohacking to exchange critiques, ideas, and perspectives on the movement.

Conference on Critical Studies of DIYbio and Biohacking

Organized by Bruno J. Strasser, Gabriela A. Sanchez, and Sara Tocchetti as program counselor, the conference is part of the project “The Rise of the Citizen Sciences: Rethinking Science and Public Participation”, headed by Bruno J. Strasser at the University of Geneva, and the Horizon 2020 Doing-It-Together Science (DITOs) project, and focuses on bringing together individuals from the social sciences, humanities, life sciences, biohacking, DIYbio, and BioDesign to share their critical insights and perspectives about the politics, meanings, and possible futures of DIYbio.

Speaker Program

Preliminary Speaker’s Program

Day 1: Wednesday, May 10

10:00 -> Registration – Pick up badge at CERN reception

10:30 ->Welcome Greeting – Bruno Strasser and other core organizers

11:00 -> Keynote: “Why scientific knowledge is never enough: Official science, popular knowledge and DIY practice” – Dominique Pestre

12:30 -> Lunch

14:00 ->  Connection of artists and scientist through DIYBio – George & Kristjian

14:30 -> The Accidental Biohacker – Bethan Wolfenden

15:00 -> Indie Drugs – Gabriela A. Sanchez, University of Geneva, CH

15:30 -> General Discussion

16:00 -> Coffee Break

16:30 -> Panel 1: Unruly Innovators – Joanna Steinhardt, UC Santa Barbara, US; Johan Soderberg, Goteborgs Universitet, SE; and Michael Laufer, Four Vinegar Thieves, US

Day 2: Thursday, May 11

09:30 -> ‘Science without Scientists’: DIYbiology and institutional leakeage – Massimiliano Simmons,  KU Leuven, BE; and Winnie Poncelet,  ReaGent, BE

10:30 -> Coffee Break

11:00 -> Citizen vs Science – Puneet Kishor, Open Science Advocate, US & IN

11:30 -> The Institutionalization of DIYbio – Ricardo Mutuberria, Genspace, US & ES

12:00 -> General Discussion

12:30 -> Lunch

14:00 -> Identity Exploration in Karkhana – Sabhyata Timsina,  Karkhana, NP

14:30 -> Do Something: DIYbio and the Hacker Spirit – Sarah Davies, University of Copenhagen, DK

15:00 -> We Are All Pragmatics Here: First Report on a Bay Area Survey of DIYbio Sites – Thierry Bardini, Universite de Montreal, CA

15:30 -> General Discussion

16:00 -> Coffee Break

16:30 -> Workshop 1: Tools for Policy Engagement – Aleksandra Berditchevskaia, TEIKU, DE; and Claudia Goebel, ECSA, DE

16:30 -> Unconference Workgroups: various

20:00 -> Review Policy Brief – Pieter van Bohemeen – The Waag Society, NL

Day 3: Friday, May 12 -> Different Locations!

09:00 -> Travel to Campus BioTech

09:30 -> Open source tools and assays for citizen science – Martin Malthe Borch, Biologigaragen, DK; and Gernot Abel, Novozymes, DK

10:30 -> Biohacking and Design : Challenges and Prospects – Raphael Kim, Queen Mary University of London, UK

11:00 -> Coffee Break

11:30 -> Biohacking Infrastructures: The [un]importance – Rosen Bogdanov, Open University of Catalonia, ES

12:00 -> General Discussion

12:30 -> Lunch

13:30 -> Travel to Confucius Institute

14:00 -> How Social Scientists research

14:30 -> Cross-cultural dialogues – Ana Maria Delgado, University of Oslo, NO; Marc Dusseiller, Hackteria, CH; and Sara Tocchetti, FR

16:00 -> Wrap up Conference part

Call for Papers

Since the emergence of the DIYbio movement more than a decade ago, DIYbio has undergone profound transformations. DIYbio laboratories have opened in the Global South, some have entered into partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry, and others have become recognized institutions for science education. The DIYbio movement has been a space of revolutionary and conservative experimentation about how to connect the life sciences and society, challenging established modes of research (particularly sharing practices), embracing (bio)technological solutions (particularly genetic engineering) to social and environmental problems, and redefining the very meaning of innovation, with potentially far-reaching consequences on research practices, research funding, and expectations about research outcomes in academia and beyond.

We invite participants to present their work on DIYbio around (but not limited to) the following themes: the politics of pharmaceutical innovation; the transformations in intellectual property rights; the refashioning of the scientist’s public image; the critical BioDesign perspective, the new voices in technofeminism, the democratization of science and citizen science; the role of DIYbio in science education; the competition/collaboration with academic biology.

We welcome proposals of all formats, from classic talks, presentation of (mixed) media, to interdisciplinary workshops, roundtables and panels. The standard time allotted for each session is 30 min with at least 10-15 min for discussion (if you need more time, please ask).

Please send your proposal (single pdf file including format, authors, title, abstract up to 500 words, and any special needs) to Gabriela A. Sanchez <>, the deadline has been extended to December 5, 2016. Applicants will be notified shortly of the review decision.

There is a limited amount of travel stipends for students presenting at the conference. If you would like to be considered, please explain why you are eligible in your application.

Unconference by Global DIYbio and BioArt Networks

Swiss biohacking groups, such as the Hackteria Network, Hackuarium, Bioscope, and Gaudi Labs work together to help coordinate a self-organized gathering of biohackers, bioartists, and bioenthusiasts from all over the word to contribute and participate in like presentations, discussion groups, workshops, demos, hack sessions and more. This meet up intends to create a series of activities that foster the sharing and development of  knowledge and techniques as well as creating networks and bonds of collaboration among different groups and individuals.

Overview of Programme

Day 0: Tuesday 9 @ IdeaSquare

Evening: Arrival of Guests and Welcome Drinks

Day 1: Wednesday, May 10 @ IdeaSquare, CERN

Introductions, Talks, Panel, Unconference Sessions Sprint

Day 2: Thursday, May 10 @ IdeaSquare, CERN

Talks, Unconference Workgroups

Day 3: Friday, May 10 @ Campus Biotech & Confucius Institute

Talks, Panel, Unconference Workgroups, Wrap-up Discussions

Day 4: Saturday, May 10 @ IdeaSquare & Hackuarium & Utopiana

Public Workshops, Unconference Skill-Share Sessions, Vegetarian BBQ and Discussions

Day 5: Sunday, May 10 @ IdeaSquare, CERN

Unconference Wrap-up, Documentation Sprint

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Through-out BioFabbing there will be 24h HackLabs for everybody to join, experiment and learn from each other.